PHILIP | Katherine Hill, 95, formerly of Gregory, passed away Oct. 8, 2018.
Kate was born March 13, 1923, on the family farm north of Burke to Ben and Charlotte Neuroth. Katherine's siblings include Eileen, Wilfred, Frances, and Warren. In 1936, when Kate was 13, her mother passed away. Her father moved to Seattle in the 1940s after the kids were out of school. Katherine attended classes through the sixth grade in a one-room rural schoolhouse. She did well and was allowed to skip second grade, which led to her graduation from Burke High School in 1940 along with future husband, Harley Hill.
Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Katherine entered nurse's training under the Cadet Nurse Corps at St. Vincent's in Sioux City graduating RN in 1944. Harley was a Navy flight instructor, stationed in Beeville, TX, where they married on Sept. 22, 1944.
After finishing their tour, they returned to Gregory, operating a hardware store and managing the Gregory Airport. There were operations of ranching, farming, and house construction over the years. They had four children.
Katherine returned to nursing and worked at the Rosebud Nursing Home in Gregory for 18 years. She was a compassionate nurse who took great pride in the care of her patients. She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Daughters and was an avid bridge player. In retirement, she enjoyed bridge clubs, reading, crosswords, and family get-togethers. Katherine has resided in Philip since 2006, where Donna has done a wonderful job of caring for our mother.
Katherine is survived by her four children, Rollie (Elle) Hill of Rapid City, Randy (Dolores) Hill of Dallas, TX, Donna (Ray) Smith of Philip, DeAnn Hill of Omaha; 10 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; sister Frances Hudlicky; and sister-in-law Rose Neuroth of Seattle; sister-in-law and best friend Marcie Peterson of California.
She is preceded in death by two brothers; one sister; and Harley in 2016.